C.S. Malerich joins us to talk about her novella, The Factory Witches of Lowell, a story about an early unionization effort that gets a magical boost. The most important part of the struggle, though, is still solidarity.
You can get The Factory of Witches of Lowell through our Bookshop affiliate link, we get a small kickback, if you do.
Specific Works Mentioned
Arkady and Boris Strugatsky – Hard to Be A God
We talk about Season 2 episode 18 and 19 “Profit and Loss” and “Blood Oath”. Both episodes are about being a bro: what obligations do you have to other people and how do those obligations act as incentives?
We also have our inaugural segment “Hey Fellas” where we talk to our bros and provide important life advice.
The Androids and Assets team sits down with journalist Paris Marx of Tech Won’t Save Us to talk about the ongoing struggle for the future of technology and by extension the future of humanity.
Paris has written articles on this topic and a few are collected here for you.
Paris mentioned a whole bunch of great things to read and we’ve done our best to list them all here for you.
I Can’t Bring Myself to Stand in Line for Food Again by Mirta Ojito
Eco-Socialism or Bust by Thea Riofrancos, Robert Shaw, Will Speck
A Path to Democratic Socialism Means a Path To Climate Justice by Thea Riofrancos
The Green New Deal as proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin and also everything else she ever wrote.
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Our good friend Evan, from Kino Lefter, joins us to discuss “Whispers”.
O’Brien senses something is wrong on Deep Space Nine when the crew and his family begin acting strangely around him after he returns from a mission. As he unravels the mystery he finds even senior Starfleet officers are lying to keep secrets from him.
Premee Mohamed joins us to discuss her debut novel, Beneath the Rising. We discuss how the world works differently for wealthy people and those that make dark covenants with creatures from other dimensions. We learn that science undergrads are wretched creatures and that you should not ever under any circumstances try to create a Chambers Reactor.
Find Premee on Twitter
Hear Premee on Breaking the Glass Slipper
A Broken Darkness, the sequel to Beneath the Rising is out in March 2021.
The Raven Tower by Anne Leckie
Embers of War by Gareth Powell
Dr. Mora shows up on Deep Space Nine and tells Odo he may have found the planet Odo comes from. They visit the planet and Odo is poisoned with Freudian gas putting the station and Dr. Mora at great risk.
O’Brien and Bashir are working together to help an alien civilization destroy their stock of biogenic weapons of mass destruction. When things go wrong, the two Starfleet officers come together and learn a lot about each other.
It’s the third anniversary of starting this podcast so we’re doing our third Luc Besson film. (You’re right, we started on a Luc Besson film and if we did one every anniversary this would be our fourth. You got us. We missed one.)
Lucy is a terrible movie; starting from a flawed premise and ending in a flawed conclusion. It’s also racist and misogynist. It gets all of the science wrong. It misunderstands human history. The bar doesn’t get much lower than this.
Gautam Bhatia, author of The Wall, joins us to talk about his debut novel. The Wall is chock full of ideas and questions the role of law, the effects of strictly constrained resources, and how hierarchy interacts with democracy.
We mentioned our Bookshop; unfortunately, The Wall is not included in that database so you will have to ask your local bookseller to find it.
Other Works Mentioned
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu
Analog/Virtual: and Other Simulations of Your Future by Lavanya Lakshminarayan
Mending Wall by Robert Frost
And Now His Lordship is Laughing by Shiv Ramdas in Strange Horizons
Laura samples Deep Space Nine for the first time to join us to discuss “Second Sight” and “Sanctuary”.
For the first time since the death of his wife, Sisko falls in love. However, his new interest is the psychic projection of a woman in trauma.
A group of refugees from the Gamma Quadrant request permission to settle on Bajor as their long-prophesied land of destiny.
ALAB Series An infrequent podcast series about the American legal system.